The TEPAR Committee oversees acceptance into the program and monitors each student's progress throughout the program.
Requirements for TEPAR:
- 2.5 overall GPA
- Communications 130 with grade of C or higher
- English 105 and English 115 with grade of C or higher
- Passing scores on PRAXIS Core Academic Skills in Reading, Writing, and Math or an ACT composite score of 22 or higher or a SAT combined verbal/critical reading and math score of 1100 or higher (New SAT) or 1030 or higher (pre- March 2016 SAT)
- Completion of 45 semester hours or more
How Do I apply
- Apply to TEPAR as soon as admission requirements are met and at least one semester prior to beginning 300 and 400 level courses
- Access the Taskstream self-help page via Moodle. *An active Taskstream account is required
- Upload all the required documentation and complete all questions *Do not submit the TEPAR application until ALL required information is completed
- Semester deadlines for applications are February 1, June 1, and October 1 of each year
- Check the application status via Taskstream message
- A letter of acceptance or denial from the TEPAR committee will be mailed after a decision has been determined
Please click here to view more details from Page 2 of the TEPAR Handbook.
Once admitted into TEPAR, retention is not automatic. The Committee constantly monitors each candidate's progress in the following areas: academics, professional behavior and overall commitment, ethical standards, personal qualities and dispositions necessary for effective classroom interaction, and interpersonal skills needed to work with parents, administrators, and other professionals. Any candidate who does not appear to be progressing satisfactorily will be notified that the Committee will meet to discuss these concerns.
Retention cases may focus on a student's effort and progress in one or more courses. All students must make a grade of "C" or better in all education; however, a specific grade does not necessarily indicate adequate effort and/or progress in that course. The Committee regularly reviews students' transcripts and strives to keep open the lines of communication between the Committee and instructors, both in and out of the College of Education & Human Development, who teach education students. Removal action may be indicated when a pattern of minimal effort or progress is perceived.
Retention cases may also focus on professional behavior at the University or in a public/private school classroom. Such cases may involve such issues as, integrity or ethical behavior, as well as personal qualities such as communication skills, the ability to get along with or motivate others, or the ability to conduct one's self in a manner appropriate to the profession.
The Committee's decision on a student's retention case may result in removal from the Program. However, when appropriate, the student may be given the opportunity to correct identified deficiencies. Should the student be unable or unwilling to do so to the satisfaction of the Committee, s/he will be removed from the Teacher Education Program.
Please click here to view more details from Page 4 of the TEPAR Handbook.
TEPAR monitors GPA each semester to ensure each candidate maintains a 2.5 or higher GPA. TEPAR uses the following guidelines for retention and dismissal from an education program:
- If overall GPA falls below 2.5, the candidate is suspended from TEPAR restricted courses until overall GPA returns to 2.5 or higher.
- If a candidate earns a D and/or F in one TEPAR restricted course, the candidate is suspended from TEPAR restricted courses for one semester.
- If a candidate earns a D and/or F in 2 TEPAR restricted courses, the candidate is permanently removed from TEPAR.
The candidate may appeal the above actions through due process of appeal.
Please click here to view more details from Page 5 of the TEPAR Handbook.